Off the Beat: Why Bother Polling Hawaii Dems About Obama?

The results are in and — gee, what a shock! — Hawaii Democrats love Barack Obama.

Didn't we already know that?

The Democratic Party of Hawaii held a Democratic Presidential Preference Poll during precinct meetings at 51 locations across the state on Wednesday.

The results, finalized late Thursday:

Votes cast: 1,358

For Obama: 1,316

Uncommitted: 42

Party officials felt it was important to hold a presidential preference poll, even though the outcome seemed obvious.

"It is important that we strongly voice our support for President Obama and that Democrats cast their votes for the local leadership of our Party," party chair Dante Carpenter said in a press release.

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